Callisto Myth from Ovid to Atwood : Initiation and Rape in Literature

By: WALL, Kathleen ATWOOD, Margaret)

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WALL, Kathleen. The Callisto Myth from Ovid to Atwood : Initiation and Rapein Literature. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, (198 8). Pp. (6),[vii]-viii,(2),[1]-227,(3). 8vo, white cloth with black lettering to spine. "Illustrating the power and transcendence of the patriarchy, the myth of Callisto demonstrates the vulnerability of women to that power. Beginning her analysis with classical versions of the myth, Kathleen Wall parallels Callisto's rape by Zeus with the rape of femininity by the patriarchy and its institutions. Older versions of the myth do not emphasize a rape, but rather a sacred marriage intended to renew Arcadia. In this context the myth describes the ritual encounter with a representative of the gods through which yougn women were initiated into their sexuality. Tracing the myth through fifteen works of English, American, and Canadian literature, Kathleen Wall gives a fresh, feminist reading of these narratives. Among the works analyzed from the perspective of how the myth informs art are selections by Margaret Atwood, Charlotte Bronte, Thomas Hardy, and George Eliot. Through her analysis, Wall reveals many facets of the realities of women's experience from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. In these examples rape is shown to be an expression of power rather than lust, giving increased support to the definition suggested by feminists." - from the dust jacket. Contents: 1. Classical Versions and Their Implications; 2. Callisto in the Medieval and Renaissance Traditions; 3. 'A Mask Presented at Ludlow Castle': The Armour of Logos; 4. 'Mysteries of Udolpho': Mysteries of the Forest; 5. 'Jane Eyre': Even Plain Jane Can Be a Nymph; 6. 'The Scarlet Letter':The Power of Society's Sacred Sanctions; 7. 'Adam Bede': Woman Empowered; 8. 'Tess of the d'Urbervilles': The Maid Who Went to the Merry Green Wood; 9. 'Lady Chatterley's Lover': Liberating the Myth; 10. 'Surfacing': The Matriarchal Myth Re-surfaces; 11. Beyond Rape. With appendices relating the Callisto story from the perspectives of Hesiod, Apollodorus, Hyginus, Ovid, and Pausanias, as well as from Charles Anthon in 'A Classical Dictionary'. With bibliography. Very good in dust jacket. 20.00

Title: Callisto Myth from Ovid to Atwood : Initiation and Rape in Literature

Author Name: WALL, Kathleen ATWOOD, Margaret)

Categories: 888,

Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press, Montreal and Kingston, 1988, ISBN:0773506403:

Seller ID: 98565

Keywords: CANADA CANADIAN LITERARY CRITICISM MYTHOLOGY GREECE WOMEN'S STUDIES GENDER STUDIES WOMSTU GREEK CLASTU,